Iteu, who is a Senior Registrar in the ICT unit of the Academic Registrar at Makerere University was declared winner with 182 votes against Dr Euzobia Baine Mugisha’s 82. This is out of the overall 267 ballots cast.
Ruth Iteu Eyoku has been elected to represent the Senior
Administrative Staff on the Makerere University Council.
Iteu, who is a Senior Registrar in the ICT unit of the Academic Registrar at
Makerere University was declared winner with 182 votes against Dr Euzobia Baine
Mugisha’s 82. This is out of the overall 267 ballots cast.
The election was presided over by Andrew Abunyang, the
institution’s Human Resources Director in the Senior Common Room at Makerere
Observers say the election was a contest between the Makerere
university top management and the rest of senior administrative staff.
The incumbent Dr Mugisha, who is also the acting University
Director for Gender Mainstreaming is believed to have been supported by the
institution’s top management while Iteu was staff's choice.
This election was repeated following a petition to the Vice-Chancellor
from Vincent Abigaba, the former association chairperson challenging the procedure in electing the new association leaders.
The staff on November 28, 2018, voted Iteu overwhelmingly after
garnering 98 votes beating the incumbent and her main challenger, Dr Euzobia
Baine Mugisha, who obtained 41 votes. Also in the race was George Turyamureeba
who obtained 38 votes.
Following the petition, the institution Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas
Nawangwe blocked her from attending the university council, citing a pending
The Vice-Chancellor then directed the association to conduct fresh elections to
choose another council representative, a directive that the association
rejected, advising him to stop meddling in staff association matters.
The Vice-Chancellor responded by suspending two senior Administrative Staff
Association – MASA leaders Bennet Magara, the newly elected chairperson and his
General Secretary Joseph Kalema for allegedly inciting staff to disrupt
The suspensions were effected on December 21, 2018. This, however, would later
cause nearly a month's stalemate at the institution until the intervention of
the University Council which promised to handle the staff grievances
Following the University Council’s advice, the administrative staff accepted to
repeat the election.
Iteu said she will work towards the unity of administrative staff.
She also said that she will spearhead the campaign to revamp the senior staff
association as well as resolve the internal conflicts.
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Isaac Kimeze Ssemakadde, the staff lawyer said Iteu has been known
across the university community as an uncompromising administrator. He observes
that the university management had rejected her initially for fear of her incorruptible
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Ssemakadde adds that the overwhelming support by senior administrative staff to
Iteu signifies the renewal of her mandate, trust in the new university council
and the return to normalcy at the institution.